Chara with Marchand, McQuaid and Caron (l to r)/Courtesy

WILMINGTON, Mass. — If being willing to do anything to cheer up sick kids could earn a player votes for the Norris Trophy, then there’d be no way Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom would again edge out Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara next summer.

By now, you’ve seen the photos of Chara dressed in a pink bunny suit during a Halloween-themed visit to youngsters in the hospital.

Probably the only thing bigger than the 7-foot rabbit was the smile of each kid’s face over the course of the visit. Despite what teammate Brad Marchand described as one kid misidentifying Chara as an alien instead of a bunny, it was the type of day that shows how big of heart Chara can be.

“It was fun. It was a really good experience,” said Chara after practice today at Ristuccia Arena. “Obviously it was something that was very important to me and obviously to us, as a team, and to the community, and I really had a good experience, a good time. And hopefully it serves well for the kids and families.”